On 23rd February 2017, Storm Doris moved across the UK bringing gusts of up to 94 mph accompanied by heavy snowfall across Scotland. Overnight and into the morning of the 23 February, Storm Doris underwent explosive cyclogenesis labelling it a ‘weather bomb’. The centre of the storm moved rapidly through Northern Ireland in the early hours, across northern England and out into the North Sea by the early afternoon.
In the immediate aftermath of Storm Doris, idverde’s Midlands Branch received over 300 calls for tree related emergencies across the region, reports Andy Hall, Branch Manager for the Midlands.
Andy continues “We deployed over 60 Arborists to deal with the devastation caused by Storm Doris. Trees in all locations were affected and we were called out to help clear highways, parks, schools, cemeteries and homes of trees and related debris.
“This large-scale operation required us to call in additional specialist plant including mobile cranes, timber lorries and MEWPs from our supply chain partners.”
Over a month later, damaged trees are still being reported and dealt with by the Midlands tree teams.